Delhi-based visiting artist Asim Waqif presents Strategies for Disruption. Lecture to be followed by a panel discussion around issues of sustainability, environmentalism, and design with Namita Dharia (Asst. Professor, HPSS), Elizabeth Dean Hermann (Professor, LDAR) and N. Jonathan Unaka (Asst. Professor, Architecture, Wentworth Institute of Technology), and moderated by Damian White (Dean, Liberal Arts). Lecture and panel made possible by the Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting endowment.
Asim Waqif studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. After initially working as an art director for film and television, he later started making independent videos and documentaries before moving into a dedicated art practice. His recent projects have attempted to span architecture, art and design, with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban design and the politics of occupying/ intervening/using public spaces. Some of his projects have developed within abandoned and derelict buildings in the city that act like hidden activity-spaces for marginalized people. Concerns of ecology and anthropology often weave through his work, and he has done extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, especially with respect to water, waste and architecture. His artworks often employ manual processes that are deliberately painstaking and laborious while the products themselves are often temporary and sometimes even designed to decay. He has worked in sculpture, site-specific public installation, video, photography and more recently with large-scale interactive installations that combine traditional and new media.
image credit: Richa Sahai
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:15pm
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum
Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI
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